In 2009, Jeff Weiner became the CEO of LinkedIn and since that time he has maintained a reputation as one of the most successful chiefs in the world.
Under his leadership LinkedIn has grow to a market cap of $32 billion and his management insight has been sought after by some of the most powerful executives in the world.
In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Weiner explains the one vital career question that many people forget to ask.
“When people ask me about the way to maximize their likelihood for success or achieving their career objectives — and it sounds like an oversimplification — but it starts by asking yourself the question, ‘What is it you ultimately want to accomplish?‘
“And it’s amazing to me how often I’ll sit down with someone who’s five, seven years into the throes of their career and they’re not happy, and what’s happened is they’ve been swept up in a stream of opportunism, a hot job, or a promotion, or more money, as opposed to taking the time to ask themselves what it is that they want to do,” he said.
When passion and skills meet Weiner says it is amazing how quickly someone’s career can go from dud to amazing.
“As soon as you have that moment of clarity, you start to manifest it, explicitly and implicitly,” he said. “And it’s not in some New Age way — it’s very real. It’s a very real thing.”
Here is the full video courtesy of LinkedIn: